"And I am convinced that we will receive and are receiving no less interesting proposals than that from Manchester City".
Rinat Akhmetov, Shakhtar's president, has confirmed talks with United are ongoing and has indicated that Fred will cost more than the £34m that Manchester City paid for Fernandinho in 2013, and the reported £43.8m that allowed midfielder Alex Teixeira to join Chinese club Jiangsu Suning in 2016. Fred has been named in Brazil's 23 man squad for the tournament, and one would assume he'll see this as yet another chance to impress heading into next season.
This is according to the Manchester Evening News, who report that Brazilian global, Fred could be signed by the start of next month, leaving no room for complication once the World Cup begins in Russian Federation. Shakhtar wanted 60 million euros for the transfer.
Fred is now in Brazil training with the national team ahead of this summer's World Cup, but will crucially be in England in just over a weeks time as Brazil play Croatia at Anfield, a ground less than 30 miles from Manchester United's Carrington training base. They offered us around €50m for Fred.
Fred is due to arrive in Britain next week as Brazil prepare for a friendly against Croatia at Anfield, and the Manchester Evening News reports that a move could be finalised during his visit to the North-West.
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"It's an honour to be on the radar of great European coaches".
The balance of that final three suits all parties, with Fred sliding in as the hard-working ballast between Pogba's maverick tendencies and Matic or Herrera's conservatism, bringing the solidity that Mourinho requires while also showing off a little something different and having the ability to contribute at both ends of the pitch.
The Italian, 28, has a year left on his contract and started only five Premier League games for United during the season just completed.
Manchester United are expected to spend big this summer as they aim to close the gap on rivals Manchester City.
United are also hoping to take advantage of Mauricio Pochettino's desire for Tottenham Hotspur to do their transfer business early in the pursuit of £50 million plus rated Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld.